15 Ways To Improve Productivity At Work

Published by Kathryn Anda, PEPworldwide on 23 December, 2014

Every company aims to have a productive workforce. When employees are disengaged, inefficient and not working to full capacity morale goes down and the company as a whole will suffer. Here are 15 ideas that employees can adopt today to help them be more efficient and improve their level of productivity.

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1. Distractions: Whilst not all distractions can be completely eliminated, taking control of what you can will go a long way to giving you back much needed time in your day. Learn how to manage your inbox, prioritize phone calls or organize your work space; these are things within your own control that will make it easier for you to cope when sudden interruptions come your way.

2. Big rocks: No, they are not something to avoid, but actually something to focus on. Identify and prioritise your big rocks and never miss a deadline again.

3. Plan: Plan your day and the week ahead. This will save you a lot of time and frustration.

4. Take a break: Make a conscious effort to step away from the computer and take a break. A brief walk, some fresh air and a few moments doing something other than work at your computer will significantly improve your productivity.

5. Balance: Ensuring you get plenty of sleep, eat well and taking the time to do things outside of work that you really enjoy will help you be more focused when you are on the job.

6. Organise your office: Don’t let your desk pile up with paperwork. It can become a huge barrier and be a time waster. Organise your workspace and clear your mind.

7. Learn to say ‘no’: Having the confidence to say ‘no’ will give you much needed time back in your day and ensure you minimize distractions.

8. Delegate: Speak up and seek help when you need it. Delegate to those who can support you and don’t be too proud.

9. Automation: Leverage off technology to automate tasks and free up time.

10. Goals: Set yourself some exciting goals and you’ll feel extra motivated to tick them off your list.

11. Avoid multi tasking: Optimise your day by working on one task at a time otherwise you may end up doing half a job and not putting your all into anything.

12. Rewards: Don’t forget to celebrate completing tasks, no matter how large or small. It will motivate you to do more.

13. Training: When you maintain your skills and do regular training you can perform more efficiently and productively.

14. Mistakes happen: Not everything goes to plan all the time. Don’t dwell on mistakes; learn from them, avoid repeating them and move on. You are bigger and better than that.

15. Processes: Whilst documenting and reviewing processes may not sound like a very productive way to spend your day it can actually result in significant improvements and help eliminate duplicated work effort, out of date steps and help to identify areas for future improvement.

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